2. Dark, Tarry Stools: The Hidden Indicator
Sometimes, the blood in the stool isn’t immediately evident. Instead, the stool takes on a dark, almost tarry appearance. This color change indicates the presence of digested blood, signaling bleeding higher up in the gastrointestinal tract.
Bleeding ulcers or gastritis can be common culprits. The blood gets digested as it passes through the system, resulting in the darkened stool.
Such internal bleeding might go unnoticed without the color change. It’s a silent warning that something isn’t right within.